Zero-emission Iveco EcoDaily goes on sale
The EcoDaily Electric uses a three-phase motor controlled through a DC/AC inverter to provide range-extending regenerative braking. Power comes from NaNiCl2 battery technology, which can be fully recharged in eight hours from any normal 32-amp 415-V three-phase socket. The power output is 30kW continuous (60kW peak) for 3.5 tonne models and 40kW continuous (80kW peak) for 5.2 tonne models, which Iveco says is sufficient to pull away on gradients of up to 16% when fully laden.
Every EcoDaily Electric features a dashboard display which provides the driver with relevant information such as the battery’s charge level, system voltage, temperature and traction current. Power is provided by Zebra Z5 traction batteries which are fully sealed and do not produce gaseous emissions or require maintenance. The batteries are also fully recyclable.
Real-life trials have shown the vehicles to have an effective range of between 55 and 80 miles, depending on the number of batteries specified and the vehicle’s application. Furthermore, Iveco promises that the EcoDaily Electric can be driven just like a conventional vehicle fitted with an automatic transmission, using a gear lever to select forward, neutral or reverse. Each vehicle has a maximum road speed electronically limited to 45mph, although this can be set to a lower level to improve the range.
Martin Flach, product director of Iveco UK, said: 'In terms of driver appeal it looks no different to a regular EcoDaily, whilst its electric motor provides instant access to maximum torque. This makes driving through town and city centres a breeze, not to mention a comfortable, quiet and eco-friendly experience.'
All drive components and batteries are housed either in the engine compartment or within the chassis side rails, ensuring there is no compromise in load space. This is made possible as EcoDaily Electric is designed, manufactured and sold by Iveco, meaning that benefit from a full Iveco warranty plus the support of Iveco’s worldwide dealer network.
EcoDaily Electric is available as standard with a three-year manufacturer’s warranty on the mechanical components and batteries, plus a two year warranty on the high voltage electrical drive system. Prices start from £40,000, with the batteries available to lease separately. Prices for the vehicle and batteries combined start from £63,000.